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  • Rahul Da Cunha: The year the music died

    Rahul Da Cunha: The year the music died

    So, since December last year, I've gone fully retro. I've opted for round black discs. I've chosen revolutions per minute (RPM), I've re-discovered rock and roll on records. I'm a member of two rock Whatsapp groups (one of them, Rhythm House devotees)

  • Rahul Da Cunha: The good, the brand, and the incredible!

    Rahul Da Cunha: The good, the brand, and the incredible!

    So, we Indians have been brainwashed into believing the British stole much from us (I mean they did give us the English language, locomotive networks, and law courts), but by and large they looted, and left us independent of a lot of our treasures — diamonds, statues, artefacts, swords and Freddie Mercury

  • Rahul da Cunha: How many grams in a gaon?

    Rahul da Cunha: How many grams in a gaon?

    And, so Gurgaon has been renamed Gurugram. Residents of India's third most profitable city are at a loss to understand this inane reform. "Trust public sector sloth to always mess up private sector success," my buddies from the 'Millenium City' rant

  • Rahul da Cunha: Of princes, Panama and Pratyusha

    Rahul da Cunha: Of princes, Panama and Pratyusha

    So I have recited my morning 'Bharat mata ki jai' to prove my patriotism and avoid any danger of being beheaded. Prince William and his Kate are coming to town. They're going to play a cricket match with NGO kids. This is 2016 Lagaan, sans Aamir Khan

  • Rahul da Cunha: I want to be Virat Kohli

    Rahul da Cunha: I want to be Virat Kohli

    I've decided, I want to be Virat Kohli when I grow up. Or, at any rate, I want to be his clone. I want to reach his level of fitness, be that rich

  • Rahul da Cunha: Anthems in acapella

    Rahul da Cunha: Anthems in acapella

    So, Dada and Didi invited The Big B, the Little Master and evergreen Imran Khan to inaugurate the Indo-Pak summit T20 clash last Sunday in Kolkota.

  • Rahul Da Cunha: Your ladla is truly louuud!

    Rahul Da Cunha: Your ladla is truly louuud!

    Okay, so I’m going to just come right out and say it — Indian kids annoy me. Let me rephrase that before I get lynched — Indian kids whose parents let them run amok in restaurants, airport lounges, airplanes and movie houses, annoy me. 

  • Rahul Da Cunha: Mahi vs Modi

    Rahul Da Cunha: Mahi vs Modi

    So it was a bright sunny morning when PM Modi Whatsapped MS Dhoni

  • Rahul Da Cunha: Yo bro whattup?

    Rahul Da Cunha: Yo bro whattup?

    In ‘Incredible India’, I’m getting increasingly confused with the English language. Stuck between this new weird Hindustani style word-play and the cryptic coolness of hipster-speak, I’m perplexed.

  • Rahul Da Cunha: Jesus was a Tam-Brahm

    Rahul Da Cunha: Jesus was a Tam-Brahm

    And so, the other evening, Jesus Christ, our Lord, called me

  • Rahul Da Cunha: Kanhaiya, I can hear ya

    Rahul Da Cunha: Kanhaiya, I can hear ya

    TWENTY fours years ago, my friend Sabbas Joseph (now the Wizcraft chief) and I stood nervously outside the St Xavier’s College principal’s office — Sabbas was the editor of the college magazine, The Xavierite — he’d written a controversial piece on the faulty nature of conducting exams. I’d written something on the questionable nature of the church.

  • Rahul Da Cunha: Make in India. Hug in India.

    Rahul Da Cunha: Make in India. Hug in India.

    USA politics fascinates and foxes me in equal measure. The Senate, the primaries, why Utah and Ohio are so vital

  • Rahul Da Cunha: Shaadi.come

    Rahul Da Cunha: Shaadi.come

    So, I’ve been invited to a wedding, a big fat Indian ‘shaadi’, next month. Nothing unusual about that

  • Rahul da Cunha: I want a Padma Shri

    Rahul da Cunha: I want a Padma Shri

    You see, I’ve realised that I am old-fashioned. Every day, it is becoming clearer and clearer to me that I am out of touch with today’s reality. Let me take you through my slow descent in certain areas. 

  • Rahul da Cunha: Random observations

    Rahul da Cunha: Random observations

    So, as December morphs into January, and as debauched, dhaba food dabaoing, drunken sod, ‘chaddi buddies’ head back to their NRI lives/nature parks/nip tuck discipline - and I who have been tour operator/team leader/tout/tangdi kebab supplier, struggles for equilibrium, some random thoughts about Indian life:

  • Rahul da Cunha: He ziggied while others zagged

    Rahul da Cunha: He ziggied while others zagged

    There’s something tragically romantic about the passing away of rock and roll stars. They rarely seem to die of natural causes

  • Rahul da Cunha: Intriguing India!

    Rahul da Cunha: Intriguing India!

    So, as we launch into 2016, two areas of our existence intrigue me:

  • Rahul da Cunha Column: Non-Resident Irritating Indian

    Rahul da Cunha Column: Non-Resident Irritating Indian

    And, I'm watching the fireworks over Kowloon bay, Hong Kong. My first New Year away from an India, where there are 'phatakas' every day.

  • Rahul da Cunha Column: Weekly Top Ten Hits

    Rahul da Cunha Column: Weekly Top Ten Hits

    We are a 'gaana' obsessed nation. R & B, Ragas, Bhangra, rock and roll, reggae, remixes, RD Burman, Bappi Lahiri, Mohammed Rafi, Mika Singh, retro.

  • Rahul da Cunha Column: Acquit India Movement

    Rahul da Cunha Column: Acquit India Movement

    I find myself thinking much about the law this fortnight. Partly because I’ve myself been in and out of law courts. I mean what the British system left us, ‘Justice will be served’, can in turn fascinate and infuriate one